The Louisville women's team takes on NC State tonight at 7 inside the Yum Center. Here's your game preview.
Lamar Jackson was named the 2016 Kentucky Sports Figure of the Year, and he won by the largest margin in the history of the award.
Who knows if it will result in more March success, but Gonzaga looks and plays differently this season than they have in any other year under Mark Few.
Gary Parrish of CBS has Donovan Mitchell as one of the 20 players on his Wooden Award late season ballot.
BREAKING: Kevin Sumlin tabs one-time LSU assistant and former Louisville head coach Ron Cooper as new Texas A&M Defensive Backs coach— Billy Liucci (@billyliucci) February 2, 2017
The U of L men's swimming and diving team is now ranked No. 9 in the country.
Card Chronicle alum Haley O'Shaughnessy has a great read on Gorgui Dieng and the rise of basketball in the country of Senegal.
Dieng is from Senegal, a coastal West African country, as is Makhtar Ndiaye, his agent when Dieng signed with the Wolves and now a scout for the New York Knicks. Ndiaye became the first Senegalese-born NBA player when the Vancouver Grizzlies signed him as a free agent for the 1998-99 season. It was his only year in the league, and he played four games for an 8-42 team in a strike-shortened season. The advancement from Ndiaye's brief playing career to the point that Dieng signed that eight-figure deal mirrors the improvement in youth basketball in Senegal, a story of improving the odds.
In the U.S., only 0.03 percent of high school ball players get drafted into the NBA. Basketball starts young here. Talented players are plugged into AAU teams, hooked up with trainers and coaches, entered into heavily scouted tournaments, and sent to prep schools. Yet the infinitesimal 0.03 percent stands. In Senegal, at least before the past 10 to 15 years, none of that infrastructure existed.
The hallmarks of an NBA player's journey — photos of a toddler in an oversize Jordan jersey, home video of a middle school game shot on mom's Sony, McDonald's All American footage — never happened for Dieng. He began playing organized basketball at 16. Until recently, that was normal for those who take up the sport in his soccer-loving reu, which means country in Dieng's native language, Wolof. Coincidentally, considering his late basketball start, Gorgui means the old one.
Also, shoutout to Haley for being the second CC product to go on to land a full-time gig in sports.
They're all growing up so fast.
There is a "Be the Match" drive taking place later this month where you could help save someone's life by taking two minutes out of your day. More details are here.
Andrea Adelson writes about Louisville addressing its offensive line needs yesterday.
Seth Davis explains why scores of college basketball coaches will wear blue puzzle pins this weekend.
The always entertaining Mark Titus writes about Frank Mason III, who might be the best player in the country right now.
Louisville is No. 12 in Luke Winn's latest power rankings for Sports Illustrated. I disagree with the ranking, but I agree that the Cards should sport their '80s throwbacks more often.
Jeff Greer has a pretty terrific read on Anas Mahmoud, and his family in Egypt's reaction to his success in America.
Anas Mahmoud's parents wrestle with a dilemma every day their son is 6,200 miles from home in Cairo, Egypt.
They are thrilled with his success on and off the basketball court. They are proud of the person the 21-year-old has become - a thoughtful college student with a perpetual smile on his face. They are heartened that Anas has longtime family friends in the Louisville area with whom he can observe Ramadan, eat meals after games and reminisce about life back home.
They also fight shaky internet connections in Egypt, which makes it hard for them to watch their son's games and forces them to rely on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to see clips of him and stories about him. And they desperately miss their son; FaceTime and Skype conversations don't quite make up for Anas not being there.
"We have never been more proud of him," Osama Mahmoud said in email translated by Ahmed Awadallah, a family friend who attended U of L. "Not just because he is successful and all that, but because we know how much he is willing to sacrifice in order for him to reach his dreams. At the same time, we can never explain how much we miss him being around, and it makes us really sad that we can't go and support him like we used to do. You can see it in his mom's eyes every time we try to watch him play."
Louisville is one of nine programs that hit a five-year high mark in recruiting rankings yesterday.
Last night, Dennis Smith Jr. became the first player ever to record a triple-double against multiple ACC opponents, a feat he accomplished in less than one season. NC State still blew a gigantic second half lead and lost to Syracuse though, largely because the team appeared to be more focused on Smith's stat line than, you know, winning the extremely important basketball game they were playing in.
Ryan McMahon gets some love from his hometown paper.
And finally, a "relieved" Russ Yeast is ready to be a Cardinal.